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Source: MSNBC - Last May, the amount of carbon dioxide in Earths atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in the history of the human species, a reflection of how much pollution continues to be pumped into the atmosphere. As of last month, industrial civilization has won another dubious achievement: A record-breaking concentration of 400 ppm for three months straight.
Source: Bangkok Post - [By José Ramos-Horta & Mohamed Nasheed] For decades, Asian leaders largely ignored climate change. It's a Western problem, we said. They caused the problem by dumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere; let them clean it up. We were not responsible for the pollution, we argued; so we should not have to pay for it. Yes, Asias industrialisation was quietly building up toxic stores of carbon, but we were only following the rich worlds prescription for success.
Source: VOA - Two universities in Washington, D.C., soon plan to start buying half of their electricity from solar-power farms 400 kilometers away. The schools expect the project will save millions of dollars during the next couple of decades and make the universities more attractive to environmentally-conscious students. Experts say the project shows how this once-exotic power source is becoming a routine part of business.
Source: RTCC - India has warned that the success of the 2015 UN deal will depend on whether rich countries are able to fill the coffers of the US$ 100billion Green Climate Fund. According to a report in the Indian Business Standard newspaper, Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar told French foreign minister Laurent Fabius that transfer of green technologies and funds for developing countries from the developed world would be vital for success at the Paris meeting.
Source: New York Times - When the Environmental Protection Agency published in June its new rules to combat carbon emissions from power plants, the American political class lit up in debates over what this meant for the countrys carbon emissions, its coal industry and its economic growth.But a more relevant discussion was taking place some 7,000 miles away, in Beijing.
Source: RTCC - Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the countrys plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak coal could come as early as next year.
Source: RTCC - The worlds militaries face a sharp increase in disaster relief and humanitarian work due to climate change, says the Ministry of Defence in a new study. Compiled by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, a department within the MOD, Global Strategic Trends Out to 2045 aims to inform government officials developing long term plans.
Source: Indian Express - NEW DELHI: India will strengthen its climate change negotiation team and will do "better homework" before discussing with all stakeholders, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Fresh from India's "success" at the Nairobi environment conference, Javadekar said the country has decided to "reposition" its role in the global stage on climate change issues by intensely "lobbying" for a "good strategic relationship" with like-minded nations on the matter.
Source: Grist - When I pull up to the pumps in my small hometown on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, I pay more for a tank of gas than in California, my new home. Why? Because regardless of where gas prices hover at the moment, the B.C. government tops off every gallon with a 25-cent tax.
Source: World Bank Blog - The call for a price on carbon is growing louder in the corridors of business and government. Last week, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote in The New York Times that climate risks are perhaps the biggest known unknown that we face, and he asked farseeing business leaders to demand a price on carbonits the quickest, most efficient way to manage these risks.
Source: pv magazine - Figures from the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) revealed this week show that the Golden State broke its own one-day record for solar PV generation on June 1 when 4767 MW of utility scale solar energy was fed into the grid. The record smashed Californias previous one-day best of 4100 MW in March, which also stood as the highest one-day figure for the whole of the U.S.
Source: CleanTechnica - The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new publication. We cover more than 120 percent of our electricity needs from renewable energies and thus are far ahead of all federal states. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has become in 2013 the final exporter of green electricity."
Source: CleanTechnica - Bad news if youre getting tired of reading new headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across the world theyre only going to keep increasing. Renewable energy could represent up to 65% of the $7.7 trillion in new power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions expected over the next 15 years, forecasts Bloomberg New Energy Finances (BNEF) 2030 Market Outlook.
Source: Augusta Chronicle - All the things that could ruin summer - heat waves, mosquitoes, even poison ivy - are made worse by climate change and will get worse in the future, experts said Tuesday. And it is more than just a nuisance as increasing heat waves in the eastern United States will kill thousands of people decades from now, a recent study concluded.
Source: The Guardian - Bill Shorten has vowed to re-fight the case for effective action against global warming, as he conceded Labor had underestimated the impact of the anti-climate change brigade. The opposition leader reflected on the breakdown in Australias political and public consensus on climate change in a speech which laid out some markers on leadership and the way to win over voters for contentious reforms.
Source: The Guardian - The people of Kiribati, a group of islands in the Pacific ocean particularly exposed to climate change, now own a possible refuge elsewhere. President Anote Tong has recently finalised the purchase of 20 sq km on Vanua Levu, one of the Fiji islands, about 2,000km away.
Source: RTCC - The rate of investment in renewable energy needs to double to limit global warming to an acceptable level, according to a leading industry body. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates $550 billion a year is needed until 2030, in a report.
Source: RTCC - Efforts to tackle air pollution are expected to intensify, with the UN given new powers to combat the problem. The UNs Environment Programme (UNEP) was mandated to step up its work on air quality by the UN Environment Assembly at a meeting last week in Nairobi.
Source: CleanTechnica - Renewable energy is dismissed by some as being only for greenies or as some kind of fringe technology, but a recent report has shown mainstream Fortune 500 companies are using it to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, Calvert Investments, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Source: RTCC - Officials from the US, EU, Japan and Switzerland are attending a Green Climate Fund meeting in the Norwegian capital, aimed at raising low carbon investment levels. The funds Executive Director Hela Cheikhrouhou wants as much as $15 billion by the end of the year so she can start projects in developing countries.